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New year leads to new luck for one Alaskan man in car accident

With Alaskan roads a bit more slick now that they are often covered in ice and snow, it is a good idea to get your brakes tested. It is also a good idea to begin braking further than 30 feet away from where you want to stop.

One Alaskan man found this out the hard way as his car careened off the roadway, flew 20 feet through the air and landed nose first onto the Chena River. Because the Chena River is frozen rather solidly, the car luckily did not crack the ice and go into the water, but rather rolled onto its roof before settling there.

The car accident is a result of the driver going too fast for the conditions and trying to suddenly stop 30 feet prior to the stop sign. The car also crashed through a fence on its way to the river.

A man standing outside smoking a cigarette a couple of blocks away heard the accident and promptly called Fairbanks police. To everyone's surprise, the man was not seriously injured and had disappeared from the scene of the accident only to be tracked down later at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital being treated for those injuries he did incur.

An accident can change your life in an instant, and luckily this man's was not changed forever. If you find yourself the victim of another's negligent driving and involved in a motor vehicle accident, please consult an attorney who can assist you in assessing your legal options. Your livelihood and health may be altered forever by an accident, but you do have legal remedies available to you that may alleviate the financial consequences.

Source: Anchorage Daily News, "Car lands nose-first on frozen Chena River," Tim Mowry, Jan. 2, 2013

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